71st Annual School
for Highway Superintendents

June 6-8, 2016
Ithaca College, Ithaca

Agenda

Monday Morning
Monday Afternoon

 

Poster Session

 

Tuesday Morning
Tuesday Afternoon

 

Wednesday Morning

Monday Morning: General Session

Videos
Flagging Fundamentals
Flagging in the work zone/ Safety in Your Hands

Presiding / Pledge of Allegiance

Gerry Geist, Executive Director, Association of Towns of the State of New York (AOT)

 

Welcome/Comments

Peter Baynes, Executive Director, New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM)

 

Marty Roberts delivers Highway School presentation

The Big Picture for Highway Superintendents (presentation)

Marty Roberts, Former Superintendent of Highways, Town of Reading

Five things I wished I'd known before taking the Highway Superintendent's position.

 

Regulatory Requirments for Applying Pesticides (article 33 / part 325)

Donald Nelson, Pesticide Control Specialist 2, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)

Understanding the regulatory requirements for applying pesticides in New York State is important and can help you determine when to apply your self or hire someone else.

 

Realistic Standards for Highways (presentation)

David Orr, Director, Cornell Local Roads Program (CLRP)

Every municipality should have realistic standards for new and upgraded roads and streets. David will discuss the who, when, where, why and how of what makes a good standards.

 

Roadside Safety: What to Do When Cars Run off the Road (presentation)

Emmett McDevitt, Safety Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Emmett will explain the basics of roadside design and safety and the steps to making your roadsides safer.

 

Piggybacking & Purchasing (presentation)

Nicole Farino, Purchasing Agent, Madison County

Having a purchasing policy is not only required, it is a good idea. Nicole will cover the basics of a good purchasing policy and the use of piggybacking between agencies.

 

Getting Your Message Across to Your Board (presentation)

Mark Grimm, Media Strategist, Mark Grimm Communications

Highway superintendents often get taken for granted. They have a great story to tell --- to the Town Board, their constituents and the media. This session will provide practical tips on how to tell a better story, use proof to strengthen your case and better understand how the media can help you.

 

Pothole Picnic

Principal Sponsors

Sustaining sponsor

Patch Sponsors

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Monday Afternoon: Workshops

What makes up Asphalt Concrete? Hands-on Workshop

Neil Guiles, Past President, Liquid Asphalt Distributors Association (LADA)
Bruce Barkevich, Vice President, NY Construction Materials Association
Gary Foux, LADA & NY Construction Materials Association

Representatives from LADA and the NY Materials Association will have hands-on stations to see what makes hot and warm mix asphalt, asphalt emulsions used with cold mix and surface treatments, and the aggregates used with all asphaltic materials. Come get your hands dirty and find out what makes up the materials we use to build highways.

 

Change is Inevitable, Improvement is not (presentation)

Mark Grimm, Media Strategist, Mark Grimm Communications

This interactive session will help you view change as an opportunity rather than anxiety. Hear about the best way to embrace change and avoid the negative consequences of a complacent culture. We’ll also reveal how you can have much more say in navigating the change around you.

 

Century of Experts

Session 1

Marty Roberts, Former Superintendent of Highways, Town of Reading
David Goodwin, Former Superintendent of Highways, Town of Clarkson Highway Department
Jim Steinberg, DPW Superintendent, Village of Monticello
Chuck Meade, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Newark Valley Highway Department
Pat Steger, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Niles Highway Department

 

Session 2

Marty Roberts, Former Superintendent of Highways, Town of Reading
Chuck Marshall, Commissioner of Public Works, Town of Henrietta Department of Public Works
Tim Spring, Former Superintendent of Highways, Town of Indian Lake Highway Department
Cindy Whittaker, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Caroline Highway Department
Keith Hurtgam, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Hartland Highway Department

Selected experienced highway and public works officials will share lessons learned through their years of work in highway and public works departments. Come and ask your questions of these practical folks.

 

Roadside Safety: Doing Guiderail Right (prioritizing / inspection)

Emmett McDevitt, Safety Program Manager, FHWA NY Divison
Terry Hale, Senior Engineer, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Region 1

This session will explore when, where, and what roadside features should be removed, replaced, or modified to provide a safer roadside environment. It will also provide guidance, resources and funding opportunities for improving roadside safety.

 

Purchasing Policies (presentation / justification for utilizing a cooperative contract / procurement policy / purchasing policy)

Tim Hunt, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Cazenovia Highway Department
Nicole Farino, Purchasing Agent, Madison County

In this interactive workshop, Tim and Nicole will get into the details of what makes a good purchasing policy and answer your questions about purchasing. purchasing policy and the use of piggybacking between agencies.

 

The Cost of That Repair

Geoff Scott, Technical Assistance Engineer, CLRP

Knowing the costs of a repair can help you determine whether to contract out a project or complete it using your own crew, develop your budget, and evaluate if you are getting reasonable quotes from vendors. Utilizing a tool developed by the Cornell Local Roads Program, in this session we will walk you through the process that will help you determine the actual costs of a project.

 

Poster Session

CLRP invasives poster
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Tuesday Morning: General Session

Video Safety Basics Video Series Volumes 1-10

Welcome / Presiding

Tracy Eldridge, President, New York State County Highway Superintendents Association (NYSCHSA); Superintendent of Public Works, Hamilton County Department of Public Works

 

811 CBYD (presentation)

Jim Flint, Field Supervisor, Dig Safely NY

This session will cover underground utility protection requirements in NYS as well as best practices in damage prevention. 

 

Composting Road Kill (presentation)

Mary Schwarz, Extension Support Specialist, Cornell Waste Management Institute

Over 25,000 dead deer and numerous carcasses of other large animals are managed annually by the NYSDOT on state highways. Composting provides an inexpensive alternative for disposal of these carcasses. Mary will discuss how this is technique works to protect ground and surface water, reduce pathogens, and lower nuisance to neighbors.

 

What is Pavement Preservation? (presentation)

Scott Harris, LADA

Remembering the 3 “R's” and the value that exist with them.  Scott will provide an overview of pavement preservation concepts and techniques.

 

Road Scholar Awards

David Orr, Director, CLRP

Announcing the road scholar counties for 2016!

 

Legal & Regulatory Panel

Moderator: David Orr, Director, CLRP
Lori Mithen-DeMasi, Counsel, AOT
John Mancini, Counsel, NYCOM
Mark Stevens, Senior Attorney, Division of Legal Services, NYS Office of the State Comptroller (OSC)

 

Tailgate Tuesday

Principal Sponsors

Sustaining sponsor

Individual sponsor

Patch Sponsors

811 Locating Underground Utilities

Eastcom Associates
Canyon Environmental

Representatives from Dig Safely NY and Easom Associates will show how underground utilities are located. Come see how this is done during the Tailgate Tuesday picnic.

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Tuesday Afternoon - Workshops

 

Potpourri of Policies (presentation)

Moderator: Rick Kukuk, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Clifton Park Highway Department
Joby Zebrowski
, Associate Examiner, Office of the State Comptroller
Lori Mithen-DeMasi, Counsel, AOT
John Mancini, Counsel, NYCOM (once only)
Jeff Travers, Public Sector HR Consultants

All municipalities need to have policies on personnel issues such as ethics, FOIL, drugs and alcohol, and cell phone use. Come find out the critical issues and which policies are set by the highway department, which are set by the board. The workshop will end with questions and answers.

 

Wearing courses: Chip Seals, Micro Surfacing, and Slurry Seals (presentation)

Chris Lanzetta and Chris Dooling, LADA

Protecting slopes and banks from erosion is vital. Mark and David will provide information on ways you can protect banks and reduce runoff and erosion.

 

Erosion and Slope Protection (why / compost / geosynthetics)

Mark Watts, District Manager, Chemung County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)
David Suits, Executive Director, North American Geosynthetics Society

Representatives from LADA will explain the most common wearing courses and answer your questions on when and where to use them.

 

Snow & Ice Policies (plan / Orangetown)

Jim Craw, Superintendent of Public Works, Village of Manlius DPW
Jim Dean, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Orangetown Highway Department
Brad Rowles, Superintendent of Public Works, City of North Tonawanda DPW
Tim Leonard, District Supervisor, Steuben County DPW

Experts from various highway and public works departments are going to answer your questions about how to manage snow and ice control whether you are in an urban area or a rural town.

 

CHIPs (presentation)

Diane Kenneally, Office of Integrated Modal Services, NYSDOT

Learn about the CHIPS funding program including information on the new PaveNY program. You will also get a chance to meet your NYSDOT CHIPS representative.

 

Tier 4 Diesel Emissions

Mark Payne, Assistant Professor (Heavy Equipment Operations), Alfred State College

There are lots of questions regarding the new Tier 4 rule for engines. We have invited representatives from manufacturers and suppliers across New York State to answer your questions about the Tier 4 rule. See the main display board for the list of the panel members.

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Wednesday Morning - General Session

Video Asphalt Paving Inspection

 

Welcome / Presiding

Jeff Griswold; President, NYS Association of Town Superintendents of Highways (NYSAOTSOH); Superintendent of Highways, Town of Preble Highway Department

 

PESH Consultancy Service (presentation)

Mark Smarr, Safety & Health Inspector, New York State Department of Labor

PESH provides on-site industrial hygiene and safety-related hazard identification services as no cost. Mark will also be a discuss potential funding assistance through the” Hazard Abatement Board” for hazards identified during the visit.

 

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans (presentation)

Ted Green PE, Program Engineer, New Jersey LTAP

It is critically important that local governments recognize their obligation to upgrade and maintain their pedestrian facilities for accessibility and the first step is the self-evaluation required of all public agencies as well as transition plans. In this briefing, Ted will explain the ADA and demonstrate plans need not be overly burdensome.

 

Tree Work - Standards & BMPs (presentation)

Andy Hillman, NE Regional Business Developer, Davey Resource Group

Own these before you start up that chainsaw - the "Z" and the A300 series. Yes, there are national standards for tree work!

 

Pavement Markings (presentation)

Sally Olsen PE, Civil Engineer 2 (Retired), NYSDOT

Sally will discuss how to mark your roads to improve safety while complying with the MUTCD.

 

Attendance Awards

David Orr, Director, CLRP

 

Photo Session for Attendance Award Recipients

David Orr, Director, CLRP
Gerry Geist, Executive Director, AOT

Certificates are awarded for milestones of registration (5 consecutive years, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, etc.). The 5, 10 and 15 year certificates are awarded the year after they are earned. Those for 20 years and higher are awarded the year they are earned.

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